Michigan Tech Magazine, December 2004
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January 27, 2011
1. Governor Appoints Two Michigan Tech Board of Control Members

2. Three Huskies Tabbed Don Hansen's Football All-Americans

3. Some Ski Trails Closed This Weekend

4. OAP Offers Alternative Spring Break

5. Teachers Needed

Entertainment and Enrichment
6. Happy Birthday, Khana Khazana!

Seminars and Workshops
7. Biological Sciences Seminar

8. Chemistry Seminar

Regular Features
9. Job Posting

10. Giveaways

11. Notables

1. Governor Appoints Two Michigan Tech Board of Control Members
by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

Governor Rick Snyder has appointed two Michigan Tech alumni to the University's Board of Control, effective immediately.

The new Board members are Julie Fream, vice president of Visteon's North American customer group, global strategy and communications, and Terry Woychowski, General Motors' vice president for global vehicle program management.

"I'd like to thank Governor Snyder for two great appointments," President Glenn Mroz said. "These are people who have lived and breathed Michigan Tech for many years and are dedicated to accelerating its success.

"I'd also like to express my gratitude to the governor for making these appointments a priority," Mroz added. "It illustrates his appreciation for higher education's role in the state, particularly as it relates to the business community."

Fream graduated in 1983 from Michigan Tech with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1987. She began her career at Visteon in 1998 and previously worked for General Motors, Ford Motor Company and TRW.

In 2002, Fream appeared on Crain's Detroit Business's "40 under 40" list for her sales leadership at Visteon. In 2005, she earned the Anti-Defamation League's Woman of Achievement Award for fostering an inclusive and diverse work environment at Visteon.

Fream, of Birmingham, is a member of the University's Distinguished Academy of Chemical Engineering. She received Michigan Tech's Outstanding Young Alumni and Outstanding Service Awards and was the featured speaker at Midyear Commencement in 2003.

"Michigan Tech has a key role in educating Michigan's future engineers and leaders," said Fream. "I'm honored to serve on the Board and support the University as it moves forward in the coming years."

Woychowski, of Commerce Township, graduated from Michigan Tech in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and attended Duke University's Global Executive Development Program in 1988. He has received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. For most of his career he has worked at GM, serving as chief engineer for GM's full-size pickups and SUVs from 1997 until 2009, when he accepted his current position.

Woychowski has received GM's highest honor, the Chairman's Award, four times and is president of the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). He played a key role in the development of a successful collaboration among Michigan Tech, the ESD and the auto industry to retrain automotive engineers in hybrid electric vehicles and technologies.

He is a member of Michigan Tech's Academy of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. His family's Woychowski Charitable Foundation provided funding for two Michigan Tech Senior Design teams, including a project to develop a bicycle-powered grain mill for use in Africa.

"The education and hands-on training I received at Michigan Tech played a major role in the success I've achieved in my career," said Woychowski. "I'm pleased to be able to give back and serve as a Board member to help the University achieve its vision."

Fream and Woychowski, whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2018, fill the seats previously held by Board members Ruth Reck and Russ Gronevelt.

The governor's appointments stand confirmed unless disapproved by the state senate within 60 days.

2. Three Huskies Tabbed Don Hansen's Football All-Americans
by Wes Frahm, director, athletic communications and marketing

Football players Phil Milbrath (Norway), Matt Desotell (Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon) and Tim Schmalz (Shawano, Wis.) have all been named 2010 Don Hansen's All-Americans. Milbrath gained first team status while Desotell and Schmalz earned spots on the second team.

Milbrath, a senior running back who was a national finalist for the Harlon Hill Award as the Division II player of the year, finished second in the nation in rushing (141.2 yards per game), fifth in all-purpose offense (178.7 yards per game) and ninth in scoring (9.6 points per game). He had eight 100-yard games and two 200-yard games, with his career-best performance of 293 yards and two touchdowns coming vs. No. 1-ranked Grand Valley State. The 5-9, 200-pound Milbrath racked up 1,412 rushing yards, 375 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior campaign. He was a unanimous first team All-American.

Desotell, a 6-3, 300-pound senior offensive lineman, started 37 career games, including 31 straight at left guard. He anchored an offensive line that dominated the trenches. The Huskies were second in the GLIAC in rushing at 261 yards per game and tops in the nation in sacks allowed, giving up only three all season.

Schmalz, a fullback, was used mainly as a blocking back for Tech's high-powered rushing offense. The 6-1, 235-pound senior did carry the ball seven times for seven yards and two touchdowns. Both TDs came in Tech's 24-7 win over Wayne State.

In addition to those three players, junior defensive end Todd Storm gained honorable mention on the Don Hansen All-America list. Storm, a defensive end who was selected as the GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year, averaged 1.0 sack per game. The 6-3, 240-pound junior registered a GLIAC-leading 10.0 sacks, as well as the league's third-highest tackle-for-loss total at 14.0. Storm was also credited with 38 tackles, four quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups.

The Don Hansen Division II All-America Team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.

The Don Hansen Football Committee, which selects the Hansen's All-America Teams, is made up of sports information directors at several institutions from each of the nation's four super regions.

Michigan Tech finished its 2010 football campaign with an 8-2 record. The Huskies tied for second place in the GLIAC.

3. Some Ski Trails Closed This Weekend
by Ian Marks, assistant director, athletic communications and marketing

Michigan Tech and the Friends of Michigan Tech Skiing will host a the USSA Michigan Tech SuperTour, presented by Portage Health, this Friday through Sunday, Jan. 28-30. This means that some of the Tech trails, along with the main trailhead, will be closed during the races.

The SuperTour is a series of races held around the country that attract some of the best skiers in the US, include a collegiate competition and serve as a Junior Olympics qualifier. High school, middle school and youth races will also take place. All in all, we expect more than 300 skiers. You can see the details at ski .

The main trailhead and the trails used for the races will close Thursday night and remain closed through the end of the races on Sunday afternoon.

All of the loops that intersect with the Core Loop will be closed: Pine, Oak, Birch, Portage, Hairpin, Hemlock, Skidder, Balsam, Maple, Linden, Peepsock and Cemetery.

The following trails will be open: the Nara trailhead, the Nara, the lower trails--those east of Skidder--the softball field access, the Isle Royale and Superior Loops, and the Pilgrim.

It will be a great weekend of racing and plenty of places for spectators. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding with these trail closures.

4. OAP Offers Alternative Spring Break
Faculty and staff: steer your students to an alternative spring break--sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program--paddling Arkansas's Buffalo River, the first national waterway, from March 4-12.

A mildly challenging river, the Buffalo has something for all paddling levels, even beginners, and the bluffs of the Ozarks are some of the most scenic in the country. The trip includes two experienced guides, transportation, food, boats, group gear, tickets into the St. Louis Gateway Arch and a week in the sunny Arkansas climes.

Trip also qualifies you to register for a PE credit. Guaranteed to be unforgettable.

The cost is $400. To register and for more information, visit the OAP rental center. For hours, location and contact information, see www.oap.mtu.edu .

5. Teachers Needed
Gretchen's House at Little Huskies seeks part-time teachers and substitutes.

Minimum qualifications include:
* AA or BA in Early Childhood Education or related field
* One year of teaching experience
* A willingness to give minimum one-year commitment

Excellent salary and benefit package are included.

Applicants can submit a cover letter, resume and application for employment to Little Huskies Child Development Center, 500 MacInnes Dr., Houghton.

Employment applications can be obtained at gretchenshouse.com. or email the requested information to eva-marie.hatfield@gretchenshouse.com .

6. Happy Birthday, Khana Khazana!
Khana Khazana (food treasure), an international lunch cooked by international students and served at the Memorial Union Food Court, is celebrating its first anniversary this Friday. In honor of the occasion, students from six different countries will each cook a dish from their homeland.

Thai, Indian, Chinese, Spanish, Iranian and Italian food will be on the menu. Each dish can be purchased for $2, and a free fountain soda comes with a $6 purchase.

Parawee Pumwongpitak, a graduate student in materials science and engineering, will cook sweet and spicy Thai chicken with cashew nuts. Komal Tayal, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, will prepare pakora kadhi, a popular Indian dish made with graham flour. Chung Zhang, an undergraduate from China, will make sweet and sour spareribs. Sara Fernandez, an undergraduate in exercise science, will make natillas, a custard dessert from Spain. Hasti Asayesh Ardakani, an undergraduate in mechanical engineering, will cook ash resteh, a thick Iranian noodle soup. Daniele Alami, a graduate student in geological and mining engineering and sciences, will prepare panne pomodoro fresco, a popular Italian noodle dish.

Khana Khazana is a collaborative project of international students and Dining Services, open to the campus and the community. The food is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

7. Biological Sciences Seminar
Associate Professor Jennifer Becker (CEE) will present a seminar, "Development of a Microbial Fuel Cell to Generate Electricity from Lignocellulosic Biomass," at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, in ChemSci 101.

8. Chemistry Seminar
Assistant Professor Caryn Heldt (ChE) will present a seminar, "The Search for an Amyloid Nucleus," at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, in ChemSci 101. A discussion period will follow. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, see chemistry .

9. Job Posting
Staff job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/postings . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/facpers/facvac.htm .

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Staff Posting

Public Safety Officer
Public Safety and Police Services
POA Internal and External Posting

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.

10. Giveaways
The Library has the following equipment:

* Canon L170 fax machine

Contact Shannon Brodeur at 487-2500 or sbrodeur@mtu.edu .

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

11. Notables
The Society of Physics Students, a professional association for college and university students interested in physics, has named Michigan Tech's chapter an outstanding chapter in this region.

Announcing its 2010 Outstanding Chapter awards, the SPS website said, "Michigan Tech's SPS club does a great job of reaching a wide audience in their effort to share an excitement for science. Tech's club is truly an outstanding chapter."

Associate Professor Will Cantrell (Physics) is the chapter advisor.

For more information, see SPS National , and SPS Tech .

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